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on 26 August 2012
Jane Austen has to be one of the most recognizable and distinctive authors of all-time, whose outlook on romance has captivated and enlightened us for centuries portrayed through her memorable characters. Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion etcetera have delighted us for years with such distinctive characters, that we have come to associate with those in the modern day world who surround us. For an example of this we take a specific gentleman and see mannerisms in him that are not too dissimilar to those of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, who is arrogant and proud on the surface until you get to see beneath the surface and find a most unpretentious and caring being beneath. Or one may look at her boyfriend or partner and wonder if he really is her faithful Captain Wentworth whom she has been devoted to for years, and if he truly has remained constant in his feelings and heart. Jane Austen's witty, perceptive and romantic novels have shown us that with a bit of common sense and good judgment one can learn to see through people's exterior and fathom out their true character within. Relationships have not changed in terms of straightforwardness; hence Lauren Henderson truly believes that we could all benefit from some of the Regency wisdom that adorned Austen's works.

This fun and insightful book is full of sage advice and witty strategies that will make you really think about the actions of others and how to judge a person's character. Complete with a quiz to find out your perfect match, this indispensable guide is a must-have for all those romantics out there who want to understand the world and those individuals within it from Jane Austen's perspective. How do you know if the man you're living with is not a Wickham or Henry Crawford in disguise? Are you the type of person who would suit a more unassuming, reserved Mr. Bertrum rather than an outgoing Charles Bingley? One can begin to then understand your own personality and character and, in doing so then you can learn and understand who would be your ideal match. For example if you are a lively Elizabeth Bennet in love with a flirty Frank Churchill, how long do you think your relationship would last? Can a playboy like Mr. Wickham ever settle down, and how does a shy Anne Elliot find the confidence to snag her man? Whether you are lucky in love or quite shy and reserved and have difficulty in finding that special someone, then don't despair as this book has the answers that you are looking for. Whether you are single or in a relationship, you are an Austen devotee or a newcomer to her works, this original and audacious how-to guide is an absolute must for all readers who are in love with romance.

Complete with quotes from Jane Austen's novels and explanations that one can relate to in the modern day world, this book combines both the regency period with a modern twist that is a delight to behold. I cannot enthuse enough about a book which has not only exceeded all expectations from a fan of Austen point of view, but also which has surpassed them entirely as I did not know whether I would like it or not; being that it is completely centered around relationships dependant on ones own personal experiences of them. Lauren Henderson writes in quite a conversational, readable style that makes you want to read on without repetition or becoming too factual; as in `one must do this' or `you have to do that to secure the man of your dreams'. Anyone who loves Austen's books will not be disappointed, as this volume contains nearly a reference to every single character within her books that you could think of; from Mr. Collins to Eleanor Dashwood and Miss. Mary Bennett. As cliché as this may sound when it comes to understanding matters of the heart and finding true love, the Regency really does rule.
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on 4 January 2009
I have to say what an utterly brilliant book. I have just come out of a 5 year relationship and feeling pretty low and scared about how I can ever meet anyone else. This book has transformed me, it gives valuable advice on how to treat potential suitors with none of the rubbish 'play games' advice of some relationship books. I actually wish I had read this while still in said relationship and I may have saved myself a couple of years of heartache. A must read for anyone whether in a relationship or not!
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on 26 January 2011
This book was sadly disappointing. While the insights into Jane Austen's characters and their interaction was very interesting, most of the book covered modern day examples, presumably ficticious, which were fairly one-dimensional, obvious and quite repetitive. For instance the author states a number of times that if a potential bobfriend/girlfriend appears to be too good to be true, they probably are... The book appears to be not quite sure whether it's 21st century dating advice or a deeper look into regency relationships, and while some contents is interesting, it doesn't really achieve either.
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